January 27, 2006
Pentagon spied on Parkin
Friends of Scott Parkin
Pentagon spied on Parkin
Monday 23 January, 2006: US peace activist Scott Parkin's Houston-based anti-war group was spied on by a top-secret Pentagon counter-intelligence agency in 2004, according to a report in Newsweek magazine (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10965509/site/newsweek).
The peaceful protest, organised by Scott Parkin and his group Houston Global Awareness on June 29, 2004, was attended by approximately ten local peace activists.
The protest involved handing out peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to employees of giant military contractor Halliburton to draw attention to allegations that the company over-charged for military food contracts in Iraq.
A report in Newsweek this week reveals that the Pentagon's Counter Intelligence Field Activity (CIFA) filed a report on the Houston protest, which took place outside Halliburton's headquarters in Houston, Texas.
Speaking from San Francisco, Mr Parkin said he was "disturbed, but not surprised" by the latest revelations.
"The theme of the protest was to was 'cook food, not books'", Mr Parkin said from San Francisco today.
"It's unbelievable that this simple act of street theatre could be considered a potential threat to national security by the Pentagon."
In September 2005, Mr Parkin's detention and forced removal from Australia sparked protests around the country.
Mr Parkin's detention followed his participation in a similar protest outside the Sydney headquarters of Halliburton subsidiary Kellog, Brown and Root.
The Australian Government has denied that the decision to detain and deport Mr Parkin on national security grounds was influenced by information or pressure from US intelligence agencies.
In October, ASIO Director-General Paul O'Sullivan admitted that Mr Parkin had not been involved in violent activity in Australia. Attorney-General Phillip Ruddock has refused to divulge the contents of the adverse security assessment that led to the Mr Parkin's removal from the country.
"I find it disturbing that acts of lawful, permitted dissent are being criminalised in this way," Mr Parkin concluded.
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January 19, 2006
Indiscriminate killing goes better with Coke
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January 16, 2006
Chile joins Spain in truly governing for all of us
Michelle Bachelet and daughter
It's almost unbelievable. The people of Chile have elected their first female president. More importantly, Michelle Bachelet is a single mother and a survivor of Pinochet's torture. That makes her victory even sweeter, because she has defied the worldwide trend of the single-mother-hating radical right, which in country after country has initiated coups and fixed elections to install governments of the corporations, by the corporations, and for the corporations.
Bachelet has declared that she will take advantage of record copper prices to improve education and conditions for the less fortunate. What would her opponent, conservative billionaire Sebastian Pinera, have done with all that booty? Trickled it down to the poor? Hah!
Michelle Bachelet joins President José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero of Spain as just about the only leaders on this planet who genuinely acknowledge the existence, the worth, and the hopes and dreams of all human beings.
Is this the road forward? With people finally waking up and taking responsibility for the policies that affect their own well being? Let's hope so.
South America seems to be the mother lode continent for repudiation of the right. There is indigenous Amerindian Evo Morales, the new president of Bolivia, who may or may not survive the compromises of office. And who can not love Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, if for no other reason than he keeps dodging Dubya's bullets.
But for today, all congratulations go to Michelle Bachelet. Por Chile. Por La Gente.
Posted by Willikers at 11:49 AM
January 15, 2006
When Madmen Ruled The World
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